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Lil Nas X ties Billboard record set by Mariah, 'Despacito'

Jul. 22, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X has taken his horse to the old town road and ridden it to the top of the Billboard charts for 16 weeks, tying a record set by Mariah Carey and Luis Fonsi. "Old Town Road" logs its 16th week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week, matching the success that Carey and Boyz...

Sally Field, 'Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center award

Jul. 18, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field and the long-running children's TV show "Sesame Street" are in the latest class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical...

Luke Combs adds Grand Ole Opry member to list of accolades

Jul. 16, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Luke Combs was just 6 years old when his mom and grandmother snuck him into his first concert by hiding him in the backseat of their car so he could go see Vince Gill play at a minor league baseball stadium. It came full circle for the singer-songwriter from North...

ASL interpreters bring songs to life for deaf people

Jul. 13, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Wearing sunglasses, tattoos and a tank top, Blake Noland bounced his head to the beat in front of the stage at Louisville's Waterfront Park, raising a beer as the band launched into a guitar solo. Deaf since birth, Noland couldn't hear a thing. At least not with his ears. But he felt...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Jul. 11, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of July 10, 2019: TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. Ed...

Blanco Brown has the next country rap hit with 'The Git Up'

Jul. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After "Old Town Road" kicked off a trend of country-trap this year, Blanco Brown felt the timing was just right for his dance hit "The Git Up." Brown, who grew up in Atlanta, has been living in both musical worlds his entire life. His mom played him OutKast and Jodeci, but he'd...

David Bromberg fears huge violin collection must be split up

Jul. 11, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

WLIMINGTON, Del. (AP) — David Bromberg, a master of stringed-instrument Americana, says a deal to sell his massive collection of historic violins to the Library of Congress has fallen through. The singer-songwriter and session musician has compiled a collection of 263 historic American violins over the...

Taylor Swift shakes off drama with fun concert performance

Jul. 11, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In her first public appearance since discovering her masters were in the hands of someone she's not a fan of, Taylor Swift didn't directly address the issue, but she did play music from that rich catalog, including songs from her groundbreaking sophomore album to her first full-blown pop...

Confederate Railroad books Illinois gig after state fair ban

Jul. 10, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The country rock band whose logo with Confederate flags got it banned from a southern Illinois state fair will perform at a nearby private venue. Confederate Railroad will play Sept. 5 at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion. The band was removed from the DuQuoin State Fair's...

Illinois cancels band from fair lineup over Confederate flag

Jul. 10, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Country rock band Confederate Railroad has been barred from performing at an Illinois state fair because of its use of the Confederate flag, setting off a firestorm by southern Illinois fans who believe they're under Chicago liberals' thumb of political correctness. The band was...